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Greetings from Shepherd of the Valley Church in Merced, CA, where everybody is welcome! 


You are invited to our community of faith, where God’s love, grace and joy abound.  We are continually amazed at how God’s Spirit is at work, alive and well, in this community. We are a church committed to growth in mission and ministry. Our ministry is centered in Spirit-filled, Christ-centered worship, every Sunday at 10 a.m. Communion is celebrated every Sunday, and all people are welcome to Christ’s table.


REV. JACK DAMIEN, Contract Pastor


Pastor Jack inspires us in Sunday morning worship as we search for a Called Pastor. His primary work among us includes presiding at worship, being a resource to the Church Council and Call Committee, and visiting shut-ins.

Pastor Jack is a rostered minister in the ELCA. A native of Indio, CA, he has a richly diverse background in ministry, including service as an Intentional Interim, youth pastor, missionary, and social worker.

During worship, he encourages the congregation to immerse themselves in liturgy, enjoys a lively sense of humor, and translates biblical texts into contemporary living. Very few people fall asleep during his sermons.

You can worship online with Pastor Jack and our welcoming congregation on Sunday mornings as we continue in digital worship via Zoom and on Facebook, or join us for our 10:00 AM in-person worship.


DAVID CHERF, Council President

CAROLYN DABERKOW, Administrative Assistant

MARIT MEDEFIND, Music and Worship Coordinator

BETH LOREDO, Organist and Pianist

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